Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Tricia Boruta
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

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Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Notes: M-F 9:30am-8:30pm, Sat 9:30-3:30 ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Taylor-Lauridsen Cancelled122234Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/07 23:00From May 7, 2015 to July 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$357.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 118155OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 118156OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2015/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Day Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 118440CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$180.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 119033InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/15 22:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 119034InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 22:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 121116InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/06/15 23:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 121117InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/06/17 23:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Volleyball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 121466OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 121463OpenSports - Volleyball21 and upCoed2015/06/17 22:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 132171CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/08/17 15:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$25.00
Volleyball Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 132172CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/08/17 18:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$25.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 131700Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball40 and upFemale2015/08/20 23:00From August 20, 2015 to October 15, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$100.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 121546InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 121547InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/18 00:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$11.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.